Beef+Beach & Lennox Hotel goes solar
Beef+Beach and the Lennox Hotel have recently spent $39,000 installing solar panels on the rooftop of the iconic pub. The solar array is expected to produce 60,000-kilowatt hours of energy with an estimated minimum $9000 year in savings. Owner Greg Campbell said we decided to invest in solar as we believe in doing what we can for the environment and this seemed a simple decision. ‘With the majority of people in the area who are also our customers being environmentally aware it really just made sense,' he said. The solar array was installed by Lennox Head-based company Premium Solar Solutions. ‘The cost was $39,000 to supply and install the panels, but the return both environmental and financial is definitely there,” Mr Campbell said. ‘On a good day, the solar panels on the roof will power the whole of the Lennox Hotel all day.’ The hotel has also installed a new bottle crusher in-house, which crushes each bottle as it is fed into the machine. The crushed bottles require much fewer bins, which are collected by a private company to be recycled weekly. ‘We are continually looking at ways to implement best practice in our business,’ Mr Campbell said.